David Yates Apr. 10, 2015, 7:49am


Gov. Greg Abbott paid a visit April 9 to Houston to address America’s largest Hispanic Chamber.

Abbott discussed the importance of Houston’s role in driving the Texas economy while speaking to the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which is comprised of over 4,000 Hispanic business owners and community leaders.

“The truth is Texas continues to be exceptional, and you are a big reason why,” said Abbott. “You are the entrepreneurs and the risk takers, the people with a vision and the work ethic to achieve it. Texas remains the land of opportunity; opportunity that attracts people here from other states and other countries.”

During his speech, one of the areas Abbott spoke of is the fall in oil gas prices, citing a Forbes article that called Houston “America’s Economic Miracle,” and stated that “Houston of 2015 will drive Texas’ economic engine through many more industries than oil and gas.”

Abbott told Chamber members that Houston has more than 150 companies involved in aircraft or space vehicle manufacturing and space research and technology, and that the city is a huge center for biotechnology research and development, including oncology, genomics and medical devices.

“The truth is Texas continues to be exceptional, and you are a big reason why,” Abbott said. “You are the entrepreneurs and the risk takers, the people with a vision and the work ethic to achieve it. Texas remains the land of opportunity; opportunity that attracts people here from other states and other countries.”

The gathering was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Houston Hilton Americas.

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